ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Rehman A. Malik Tuesday said the government is considering ceasing the pre-paid mobile phones lines as they have turned into the handiest weapon used by the terrorists.
He said this during his visit to Islamabad Police Line.
Malik said pre-paid mobile phone SIMs are employed in crimes after they are issued against fake identity cards; accordingly, the government is giving serious thought to bring to a halt pre-paid services.
Urging police personnel to improve their demeanor with the common man, the federal minister said the government will make all out efforts to improve upon security situation in the country, adding the step to suspend the mobile phone services in some cities on the occasion of Eidul Fitr, greatly helped to stanch the terrorist activities.
The most vital role in connection with terrorism is played by the mobile phone SIMs, as the enemies of Pakistan were on their marks with explosions and other sabotage plans, he asserted.
The federal minister Malik said pre-paid subscribers submitted sham credentials; hence, the government is mulling over their re-scrutiny, adding the decision to discontinue the pre-paid services will be made in due process of consultations.
Rehman Malik directed the pre-paid SIMs should not be issued without finger-prints, as wave of terrorism could be overcome by exterminating the unregistered SIMs.
Commenting on Kamra air base attack, the federal interior minister noted he had said 15 days in advance that an anti-Pakistan plot has been hatched, adding the investigation into the Kamra base assault is in progress.
No rumors should be peddled until the probe is complete, as terror threat is still not over, he added. SAMAA